Source: WikiMedia

According to Expat Insider's 2017 Expat Survey, Bahrain is the most popular expat destination in the world. 

The kingdom was voted the best place to live and work in out of 65 countries featured on the list, making an incredible jump to the top after being ranked19th in 2016. 

"Improvements across all indices that factor into the ranking have seen the Gulf state take pole position in 2017. Bahrain really excels in making expats feel at home, and the country tops the Ease of Settling In Index. It also comes first for being able to get by without learning the local language," Expat Insider wrote

The survey also indicated that "a quarter of expats in Bahrain (25%) say they started feeling at home almost straight away. This is particularly impressive given that a third of respondents in Bahrain (33%) have never lived abroad before."

The country ranked third in the "Working Abroad Index", it also came in second in the "Job & Career" as well as the "Work-Life Balance" subcategories. 

Even though Bahrain scored well in most categories, expats in the kingdom were less positive when it came to the current state of the economy and many voted that they were worried about lack of job security. 

Expat Insider's annual survey offers an in-depth analysis of expat life in countries all over the world. 

This year, "more than 12,500 respondents representing 166 nationalities and living in 188 countries or territories answered" the survey's questions, "providing unique insights into what it means to be an expat in 2017."

Main factors behind the results

65 countries featured on this year's list

The ranking included the following Arab countries

The only Arab country featured in this year's top 10 was Bahrain. The country was followed by Costa Rica, Mexico, Taiwan, Portugal, New Zealand, Malta, Colombia, Singapore, and Spain.

The list's bottom 10 countries included three Arab countries: Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. 

While Kuwait ranked in the list's bottom three countries for the third consecutive year, the country still saw some improvements. 

The Gulf state moved up by one place, coming 64th out of 65 countries in this year's ranking. 

It also improved "by at least one place in all indices, with particular progress in the Working Abroad Index."